The Orchestra

[Written Especially for Children]

It was nearly time for the curtain to go up. A young girl sat very still in the large auditorium, watching the people as they found their seats for the performance of a beautiful opera. Presently men came walking in from two side doors and went directly to the orchestra pit in front of the stage. They carried violins, horns, cellos, and other instruments. Some of the large instruments were already in place.

The violinists sat down and began tuning their violins. Mingled with the scraping of bows on strings was the noise of the horns, the rude and sudden growing of the bass viols, and the muffled rumbling of the drums. Such discord and confusion of sounds!

I Nothing Need
January 25, 1936

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